What we’re reading and recommending this week. We add to this post throughout the week and look for your suggestions in the comments.
Monday, July 25
How to Talk to Your Donors About Funding Outreach and Awareness (Derrick Feldmann, Philanthropy News Digest) Why is it that fundraising for specific programs comes so easily to nonprofit professionals, yet asking for money to boost marketing or fundraising activities makes our palms sweat?
Tuesday, July 26
Staff at George Soros’s Foundation Just Voted to Join a Union. Is That a Good Thing? (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) This is the first time that employees of a private foundation have joined a union. The move raises interesting questions about the role of unions in philanthropy that have never surfaced before. Does collective bargaining for foundation staff make sense? Will this trend spread to other big foundations? And if it does, how will it affect how these institutions operate?
Wednesday, July 27
A Blueprint for Restructuring Philanthropy (Annie Eigeman, NonProfit Quarterly) Building on the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker’s concept of a “new gospel of wealth,” The Nation recently invited eight philanthropic leaders to consider how philanthropy as a field can respond to growing inequality. As a cross-section of some new approaches to giving, the piece is a forceful reminder of the major challenges that exist in the world today and the diverse ways that organizations and individuals are using philanthropy to provide solutions.
Thursday, July 28
Would More Philanthropic Giving Actually Make the World a Better Place? (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Is the current endowment model of husbanding resources for a rainy day downright criminal given that it’s pouring down right now? Or is it wise stewardship, since opening the spigots probably wouldn’t make much of a difference?
Friday, July 29
The Future of Philanthropy (Various Contributors, The Nation) Is a new gospel of giving on the rise? Eight philanthropic thinkers weigh in.
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